Cannabis Program EIR

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The County is preparing a Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to analyze and disclose the potential environmental impacts of the Socially Equitable Cannabis Program (Cannabis Program) as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Staff is working with consultants from Ascent Environmental, Inc. to prepare the EIR.

What is CEQA?

CEQA (pronounced “SEE-kwuh”), is a state law created in 1970. It requires all California state and local public agencies to study the potential significant environmental impacts of a proposed project prior to approval.

The objectives of CEQA are to:

  • Disclose potential significant environmental impacts
  • Identify ways to avoid or reduce significant environmental impacts
  • Prevent environmental damage by requiring implementation of feasible alternatives or mitigation measures
  • Foster interagency coordination and public participation
  • Show that the agency is considering environmental implications of actions prior to making decisions

Click on the CEQA Training Video link for an overview of CEQA for community members and stakeholders.

Purpose of an EIR

If a proposed project has potential to cause one or more significant environmental impacts, CEQA requires an agency to prepare an EIR.

The purpose of an EIR is to:

  • Inform the public about a project's potential significant environmental impacts and ways the lead agency can potentially avoid, minimize, reduce, or mitigate for them
  • Demonstrate that the environment is being considered prior to approving the project and that the agency has considered the environmental implications of its actions
  • Ensure prevention of environmental damage by requiring implementation of feasible alternatives or mitigation measures

How Do I Get Involved?

The CEQA process is expected to be a multi-year process and there will be multiple opportunities for public participation as the County prepares the EIR. Information on engagement opportunities will be posted to this page, when available.

We encourage you to also:

  • Stay informed by reviewing the information on this site
  • Share information with your communities
  • Participate in the engagement tools on this site
  • Contribute to the conversations at meetings
  • Review and comment on draft ordinances when available
  • Ask questions

To subscribe to the Cannabis Program email notification list, select “Stay Informed” (on the right for webpage users or scroll down for mobile users).

The County is preparing a Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to analyze and disclose the potential environmental impacts of the Socially Equitable Cannabis Program (Cannabis Program) as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Staff is working with consultants from Ascent Environmental, Inc. to prepare the EIR.

What is CEQA?

CEQA (pronounced “SEE-kwuh”), is a state law created in 1970. It requires all California state and local public agencies to study the potential significant environmental impacts of a proposed project prior to approval.

The objectives of CEQA are to:

  • Disclose potential significant environmental impacts
  • Identify ways to avoid or reduce significant environmental impacts
  • Prevent environmental damage by requiring implementation of feasible alternatives or mitigation measures
  • Foster interagency coordination and public participation
  • Show that the agency is considering environmental implications of actions prior to making decisions

Click on the CEQA Training Video link for an overview of CEQA for community members and stakeholders.

Purpose of an EIR

If a proposed project has potential to cause one or more significant environmental impacts, CEQA requires an agency to prepare an EIR.

The purpose of an EIR is to:

  • Inform the public about a project's potential significant environmental impacts and ways the lead agency can potentially avoid, minimize, reduce, or mitigate for them
  • Demonstrate that the environment is being considered prior to approving the project and that the agency has considered the environmental implications of its actions
  • Ensure prevention of environmental damage by requiring implementation of feasible alternatives or mitigation measures

How Do I Get Involved?

The CEQA process is expected to be a multi-year process and there will be multiple opportunities for public participation as the County prepares the EIR. Information on engagement opportunities will be posted to this page, when available.

We encourage you to also:

  • Stay informed by reviewing the information on this site
  • Share information with your communities
  • Participate in the engagement tools on this site
  • Contribute to the conversations at meetings
  • Review and comment on draft ordinances when available
  • Ask questions

To subscribe to the Cannabis Program email notification list, select “Stay Informed” (on the right for webpage users or scroll down for mobile users).

  • NOP and Public Meetings for the Program EIR

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    The County prepared and released a Notice of Preparation (NOP) on September 15, 2023, for public review and comment and held two virtual public scoping meetings on October 12 and 17, 2023. The public comment period ended on October 31, 2023.

    The public comment period provided an opportunity for agency staff and interested members of the public to submit written and verbal comments on the scope of the environmental issues to be addressed in the EIR, including any suggestions for measures or alternatives that should be considered to minimize environmental impacts.

    You can review the NOP by following this link: CEQA Public Review (sandiegocounty.gov) or by clicking on the Documents icon on this page.

    Comments received during the scoping period have been reviewed and are being considered as we prepare the Draft EIR.

    EIR Public Scoping Meetings

    The County hosted two public scoping meetings on October 12 and 17, 2023, to present an overview of the Cannabis Program and CEQA and to gather verbal comments on the scope and content of the Cannabis Program EIR.

    Please see ‘EIR Scoping Meeting Presentation’ on the right-hand side of this page to view the slides presented at the scoping meetings.

Page last updated: 21 Dec 2023, 01:34 PM